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September 26, 2013|By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye

Are you fresh out of school but tired of looking like a tool? Got a new job but look like a slob? Gents, it's time we got you into a new suit. Gone are the days of the stuffy department store; now customizing a suit that fits your lifestyle is only a few clicks away courtesy of made-to-order online suit shops.

Here's the general m.o. with these places: 1. Get fitted. Don't know your measurements? Some online stores have brick-and-mortar locations where staffers will help get your fit just right. 2. Pick your personal style. 3. Show off! In just a few weeks, you'll be rocking a tailored outfit sure to turn heads. Here's my breakdown on the particulars of three options. ecwilkins@tribune.com | @ErnestWilkins

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Suitsupply

suitsupply.com

Range: $399 to $999

On-site location: 945 N. Rush St.

Style: Tailored European flashiness. Wear this stuff to be seen, not to be worn in a conservative office.

Pros: Fashion forward, plus the price is great for the quality.

Cons: Suit cuts are slim, so it may not be the best option if you like to rock a roomier fit.

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Proper Suit

propersuit.com

Range: $850 to $1600

On-site location: 358 W. Ontario St.

Style: Depends on your personality. Suits options include classics such as gray and dark blue, but can get jazzed up with different materials, lapels, and patterns such as Prince of Wales check and herringbone.

Pros: Completely customizable. Like, completely.

Cons: Price point may be unrealistic for some budgets.

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Indochino

Indochino.com

Range: $429 to $729

Style: The basics, with some modern trends built in. Great for dudes with conservative jobs.

Pros: Their Essential series is all the first-time suit buyer will need to look his best.

Cons: It can be a real pain to do your own measurements. My suggestion: Wait for their Traveling Tailor program to come to town.

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